Tom Nordyke for Minneapolis Parks
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I’m Tom Nordyke and I’m running for the District 4 Seat on the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. As a former President of the Park Board from 2008 – 2010 I have the experience and temperament needed to continue to lead the NUMBER ONE PARK SYSTEM in the nation!!

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Proven Leadership & Experience You Can Trust

A Democrat for all the people

Welcome

I am pleased and honored to have the support of some incredible public servants!

        Former Speaker of the Minnesota House Margaret Anderson Kelliher

        7th Ward City Council Person Lisa Goodman

        Retiring District 4 Park Board Commissioner and Park Board President Anita Tabb

        Park Board Commissioner and former Park Board President John Erwin

        Park Board Commissioner Meg Forney

        Park Board Commissioner Scott Vreeland

 

“I’m supporting Tom because he has a proven record of leadership on the Park Board and can

build on our past successes to ensure a bright future for our parks and the people who use them.”  

                                            Former Park Board President John Erwin

 

Thank you for your support and please take the time to check out my “Park Board Issues” page and see what we can do for our parks and this great system.

Don't forget to vote on November 7th!

 
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“One of my greatest strengths as the MPRB President was my ability to bring Commissioners together around shared goals in spite of what are often very different visions and agendas of the various Commissioners.”  
                                       Former Park Board President Tom Nordyke

About Tom

Meet Tom Nordyke

My partner Tom and I enjoy biking!

My partner Tom and I enjoy biking!

I moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota, were I graduated with a History degree. I fell in love with the many great things that this City has to offer and I have never left! The Park System was no small part of what I fell in love with and what I have enjoyed about this City for so many decades.

I am married to a WONDERFUL man named Tom Hines and with our dog “Turbo”, we live in the CIDNA Neighborhood, which I have called home for over 20 years. We are active in the arts in the Twin Cities and enjoy our time sailing, biking and traveling when we can.  And of course Turbo always likes a good walk in the park.

 

My Park Board Service

I’ve served on the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board from 2006-2010, and I was elected as President of the Park Board from 2009-2010.  During my years on the Board and under my leadership as President we were able to bring the Board together after years of acrimony and difficult relationships with senior MPRB staff.  We were able to heal the differences with the staff and to bring unity to the Board around common visions and goals for the Park System. 

Some of the successes of my time on the Park Board:

•MPRB Comprehensive Plan 2007 – 2020

•Launching the Minneapolis Parks Foundation

•Lake of the Isles renovation

•Repaved Kenwood Parkway

•Launched renovation plan for Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center

 

If I am elected my main priorities will be: 

1. Implement the Comprehensive Plan 2007–2020 & The 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan.

2. Expand programming and recreational opportunities for youth.

3. Implementation of the Park Board Racial Equity Action Plan.

 

My Priorities for the 4th District will be:

•Continue the RiverFirst Initiative and Downtown Service Area Master Plan

•Finish the renovations and upgrades to Loring Park including paths,  tennis courts, lighting and Berger Fountain.

•Work on Bassett Creek restoration in the Bryn Mawr & Harrison Neighborhoods

•Monitor the SWLRT Project and mitigate any negative impacts on the Grand Rounds parks.

And finally, to provide experienced and sane leadership to the nation's number one Park system!

 

For my friends on the Riverfront - I voted AGAINST CROWN HYDRO TWICE while on the Park Board and would VOTE "NO" on Crown Hydro again!!!!

Love walking the dogs in the winter!

Love walking the dogs in the winter!

Some of My Relevant Experience

Chaired of the Minneapolis Arts Commission

Minneapolis Planning Commission, Commissioner

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Board Member

Minneapolis Parks Foundation, Board Member

 

My Professional Life

Professional, I have twenty plus years of experience in the unique field of “Affordable Housing and Real Estate Development for the Arts” has given me a good objective outlook of what it takes to turn an initiative from an idea to a finished project.  My understanding of government relations along with historic preservation, and affordable housing financing over the past twenty years has made me a leader in this field. 

I successfully help the revitalization of cities through historic preservation, economic development and the arts. As a vanguard in the field of the arts for 20 years, I have spearheaded over 30 arts focused real estate projects with over $1.5 billion in financing across 26 states and Canada. My track record demonstrates a history of creating win-win strategies that benefit preservationists, developers and the arts community. I am committed to building creative communities that support and sustain the arts.

I began my career in this creative work as Vice President for Artspace Projects, Inc., the national leader in the field of developing affordable space that meets the needs of artists. I managed the operations of the Real Estate Development, Consulting, Asset Management and Property Management Divisions. I worked alongside the President and Board to transform the organization from a local non-profit with an annual budget of $60,000 into America’s leading developer of space for the arts.

With Friends on the Minneapolis Bike Tour

With Friends on the Minneapolis Bike Tour

Since 2003 as W+Noordijk, inc., I have provided independent consulting on issues of real estate acquisition, finance, design and marketing.

My clients have included many of the major cities and foundations across the United States. I have worked internationally as well on projects as far as the University of Belgrade in Serbia and Gallery Magazine in Guangzhou, China. 

Since 2003 as W+Noordijk, inc., I have provided independent consulting on issues of real estate acquisition, finance, design and marketing. This has continued my passion and love for creating affordable live/work spaces for creative artists.

 

 
 
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“Tom Nordyke has brought civility to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board through his leadership. I am behind him 100%”

 

                                                                         Theodore J. Wirth

Park Board Issues

I’ve served on the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board from 2006-2010, and I was elected as President of the Park Board from 2009-2010.  During my years on the Board and under my leadership as President we were able to bring the Board together after years of acrimony and difficult relationships with senior MPRB staff.  We were able to heal the differences with the staff and to bring unity to the Board around common visions and goals for the Park System. 

One of my greatest strengths as the MPRB President was my ability to bring Commissioners together around shared goals in spite of what are often very different visions and agendas of the various Commissioners.

 

If I am elected my main priorities will be: 

Former MPRB President Tom Nordyke addresses a forum on parks.

Former MPRB President Tom Nordyke addresses a forum on parks.

LISTEN AND SERVE!!! While the MPRB has two excellent planning documents to guide us going forward (The Comprehensive Plan 2007–2020 & The 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan) We must continue to work with our neighbors and neighborhood organizations to set top priorities and to ensure those plans remain relevant to our changing needs as a System. 

EXPAND PROGRAMMIMNG AND RECREATIONAL OPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS!! In the 12 years I have been involved in the Park System in the City, as well as the Three Rivers Parks, I have heard one thing consistently from constituents and neighbors – “We want more programming and recreational opportunities for the kids!” We need to expand the Park Board’s quality programming and recreational opportunities for the kids of all ages and backgrounds. This is at the heart of the quality of life that our park system offers.

Tom greeting honorees at the MPRB Adult Volunteer Awards

Tom greeting honorees at the MPRB Adult Volunteer Awards

RACIAL EQUALITY IN OUR PARKS AND OUR CITY!  A new report by “24/7 Wall Street” ranked Minnesota 2nd worst in the US for Racial Equality.  That’s a real problem and the Park Board can be a real part of the solution. Over the past 12 years in particular the MPRB has made serious progress in addressing this issue within its own organization, which has culminated in the Racial Equity Action Plan adopted in 2017. As part of this effort we need to:

1. Implement and monitor the Racial Equity Plan making sure it remains relevant and creates progress toward the goal of racial equity.

2. Continue to address funding disparity in traditionally underserved neighborhood parks. 

3. Work with the park board staff to resolve issues of cultural bias in our neighborhood parks’ recreation planning and programming and within the institution itself.

Unfortunately, this report is not new news to many of our fellow Minnesotans. It is time to redouble our efforts to move toward more equity for all Minnesotans.

 

My Priorities for the 4th District will be:

•Continue the RiverFirst Initiative and Downtown Service Area Master Plan

•Finish the renovations and upgrades to Loring Park including paths,  tennis courts, lighting and Berger Fountain.

•Work on Bassett Creek restoration in the Bryn Mawr & Harrison Neighborhoods

•Monitor the SWLRT Project and mitigate any negative impacts on the Grand Rounds parks.

For my friends on the Riverfront - I voted AGAINST CROWN HYDRO TWICE while on the Park Board and would VOTE "NO" on Crown Hydro again!!!!

And finally, to provide experienced and sane leadership to the nation's number one Park system!

 

CONTACT US

Feel free to give me a call at my campaign number at (612) 440-5250, an email at nordykeforminneapolisparks@gmail.com or leave a message below.

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